I was so excited when I saw Caroline's post looking for a newborn photographer. Baby "J" was already 2 weeks old and it had slipped her mind to book her session. Typically, I book out a month or more ahead of time but it just so happened I had that weekend blocked out for something else which fell through so I had the entire weekend pretty much open.
Photographing newborns even at a slightly older age then the standard 3-14 days, isn't impossible. Some babies are more awake or dislike getting in to curly poses. Baby "J" was a dream...or should I say was IN dreamland up until the very end of his session. His mommy chose muted colors of green and neutral I loved being able to use some colors I hadn't used a lot before. Here are some of my favorites from their Mini Newborn Session below.
I've spoke a bit about some of the new things I want to unveil this year...many that involve ways for you to earn free stuff, and who doesn't like Free?
Let's just jump to it! Here are the top 10 exciting new things happening this year!
1. BTS (Behind the Scenes) photos
You’re probably used to seeing perfect family photos on Pinterest. After all, photographers love showing their best work right? I'm hoping to give you some insight on what goes on behind the scenes at some of my sessions with you. I hope to show you some "what you see/what I see" photos as well as some before/after edits. Although I don't typically allow photography during my sessions as it can be distracting to both myself as well as little subjects, but this will slightly change a bit. I have started allowing BTS shots under these conditions....
1. you must stay out of the way 2. I need to be in the shot
As a thank you for your help in showing off what a session with me may look like, you can earn (1) Free digital file from that session when you check in and share to your facebook page AND tag the Mahia Keller Photography facebook page. All instructions need to be followed in order to earn the credit.
2. Cake Smash Discounts!
If you haven't taken a look yet, be sure to check out the new 2020 Cake Smash "Bucket List". These are sessions I've been wanting try! I've had some parents come to me fretting that they have no idea what to do for their little one's 1 year session, this will help eliminate some of that stress for you and give you a big discount at the same time! For more details, click on the Studio Info tab.
I'm not sure about you all, but with just about anything I purchase (product or service) I look at reviews from previous customers. Photography isn't any different. Once you've had a session with me, if you would go to the MKP facebook page and leave a review, you will receive a $10 credit. (this only applies to reviews made starting in 2020. One per client)
4. Customer Service Survey
Piggy Backing off #3, good reviews come from great customer service. My goal is to treat every customer how I would want to be treated. Photo sessions can be super stressful for many and I want you to feel as comfortable as you can, making your session relaxed and fun! Once you've had a session with me you will receive a survey in your email. By filling it out, it will better help me know what ways I can improve, what things you liked most about your session and any ideas you may have in general for future sessions. As my thank you to you, a $10 credit will be added to your account.
5. Mini Schedule Posted
In past years, Ive posted mini sessions as the season/holiday approached but this year, I've posted all mini's for the year in order for everyone to plan. I may add a couple more depending on time and participation of the ones that are posted. These are all subject to change at any time but I don't foresee any issues. The Spring/Easter date may be pushed back slightly due to timing of some other things going on but any changes will be posted on the Fb page. I've also added a Buy 3 get the 4th Free deal too this year! AND if you're a VIP member, you have an extra deal so check the group.
6. VIP Members
Loyalty is highly appreciated at MKP. I realize there are so many wonderful photographers in our area and when you continue to choose me as your family photographer I want to reward you! When you spend $250 in any combination in a calendar year with me, you will be added to our private facebook group.. Here is where you will receive first booking options, new ideas, and extra discounts only for you!
7. Referral Rewards
I've always had a referral program in place but have made it even better! When you tell your friends and family about MKP and they book a session, not only will you get an extra digital file after their session but they will too! How awesome is that!
8. 100 to WIN!
I love it when you love it! It makes me so extremely happy when you love your photos so much you share on your social media! When I post your sneak peak, I will add "<3 and Comments Below...100 & they Win!" on your post. This could be on facebook, instagram, or both so be sure to follow both! When you reach a combination of 100 hearts and comments on the post you will receive (1) extra digital file from your session.
9. Newborn sessions
At the end of every newborn session, you will receive a special gift for your new bundle of joy! Take a photo of your baby with this item, post on your social media page and tag Mahia Keller Photography, and you will receive a $25 MKP credit to use toward your next session. (products or digitals)
10. READ! READ! READ!
I cannot stress this enough! Most everything you could possibly want to know is included in my contract that you sign. This includes the address, time, and what's included in your session. Many times I've been texted or messaged the question "what is the address" or "what time is our session". I don't always have my phone near me right before a session. I could be finishing setting up for your arrival or with another client and may not see your message until after the fact. This could in turn cause you to be late. I only except clients no more than 10 min early and if you're more than 15 min late, your session will need to be rescheduled with a new retainer, and you forfeiting the previous retainer you paid. When I have sessions sometimes back to back, I cannot start later than 15 min past your scheduled session time and your session cannot go beyond the time allotted. This will be strictly enforced this year, especially during super busy times such as the Santa Experience sessions. With that being said, reading your contract in full each time, could benefit you in more ways than one! Throughout the year, I will "hide" freebies in random contracts. Who knows what it will be or where it will be, other than it will be IN the contract somewhere. If you receive a hidden treasure, you must let me know what it is and where you found it prior to your session in order to claim. Anything after that will not be eligible.
I hope you all will enjoy some of the new changes for 2020! I'm always striving to make things better for all of you. Because if it weren't for you, MKP wouldn't be :)
This is the first time I've had all sessions for the year planned out....or at least thought of :) If you're in the VIP group and haven't looked, you have something special waiting for you there ;)
You can book any of the sessions at anytime, just know that my full sessions take precedent over mini sessions, therefore making spots very limited. I'm also trying something new this year with having minis open for more than just one day in order to accommodate more people that like to do the themed sessions.
Specific details for each session you will find under that sessions "ad" on the main facebook page. All sessions will require a $50 non refundable retainer that goes toward the total balance, with the remaining balance due 3 days prior to your session date.
I may end up adding 1 or 2 additional themes, but it will depend on time. If you have any themes you'd be interested in doing, send me a note. You never know how many others may have asked about that theme or heck, it could be something I've never thought of!
Finally, if you purchase 3 mini sessions this year, your 4th one will be free! And yes, if you had a Vday Mini with me this year, that will count! *Free session must be used in 2020 and the Santa Experience is not included.